Posted July 24, 2012 on AP on Fox
The Houston Texans finally had their breakthrough season in 2011. It just didn't unfold the way coach Gary Kubiak envisioned it would. Career sacks leader Mario Williams missed most of the season with a torn chest muscle, Matt Schaub sat out the final six weeks with a broken right foot and star receiver Andre Johnson's numbers were down as he fought through hamstring injuries. The Texans still earned the franchise's first division title and playoff victory on the strength of the league's second-ranked defense, another stellar season by Arian Foster and the emergence of third-string quarterback T.J. Yates. ''The key is that you stay focused on your goals and you stay focused on the work,'' Kubiak said, ''because you never know how something is going to happen.'' Houston lost to Baltimore in the divisional playoffs, and most believe the Texans have the pieces in place to go at least that far in 2012. Team owner Bob McNair headed off one potential distraction in June, extending th...
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